Bullfighting is one of the national celebrations of Spain. In the arena, called “albero”, the bullfighter confronts the bull, a symbol of fury and strength, and risking his life, he dominates the bull and, finally, kills it with a sword.
The nobleness of the fight, the fierceness of the bull, and the courage of the bullfighter have inspired many worldwide artists. Bullfighters are treat like heroes and artist, heroes because they are able to fight a breve bull, and because the way the bullfighters, also called matador or torero, moves coordinated with the bull in a very risky and magical show.
The art of bullfight
The bullfights are divided into three “tercios”.
Before the bullfights, the bullfighters have to parade around the arena in a very emotive walk called the “paseillo”. The paseillo is awsome, so don’t be late.
.- First the “tercio de varas”: the bullfighter faces the bull for the first time just with the cape in order to study its movements for the successive charges at the bull. In order to make a more equivalent fight in this “tercio” the “picador” weakens the bull with a lance. Meanwhile, the “matador” makes beautiful and different passes with the cape such as: veronica, chicuelina, faroles, gaonera…etc.
.- Second, the “tercio de banderillas”. In this tercio the “banderilleros” sting the bull with a small lance called “banderilla” on the top of its back (in the “cruz”). This is quite a show, in which the “banderilleros” meet the bull head-on in a very brave and risky pass.
The last one, and the most important is the “tercio del momento supremo”. The bullfighter has to make the “faena” with the “muleta”, using a variety of brave and beautiful lances to prepare the bull for the most exciting and dangerous moment of the show: the bull´s death.
Madrid las Ventas bullring
The most important bullring in Spain is Las Ventas
The bullfight season runs from March to October 12th, every Sunday and holiday there is a bullfight. Bullfighting festivities begin between five and seven p.m. and last for two to three hours. Madrid bullfighting tickets can only be purchased in advanced using official agencies as madridbullfight .
The best time to see bullfights in Madrid is during the months of May and June. The world famous San Isidro bullfight festival takes place during these months and brings together the best fighters, bulls and aficionados. There are fights every day for 31 days, starting at 7 o’clock in the evening.
Madrid bullfighting tickets for San Isidro are difficult to get, because most of the tickets make part of season tickets. Only a few tickets get on sale, offered by official agencies like madridbullfight